J. Carle Huisking
J. Carle Huisking was born on August 7, 1909, in Brooklyn, New York, the only son of Louis Theodore and Anna M. Huisking. He had two sisters, Florence and Margaret. After attending St. James Academy High School and Columbia University, he graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. As a young man, Carle was a great outdoorsman, and spent many days camping and hiking in the mountains of upstate New York with his friends.
His first job was with the New York Edison Company, and later the New York Central Railroad at Grand Central Station. In 1936, Carle met Viola (Mimi), a nursing student at St. John's Hospital in New York City. They were married in Monte Vista, Colorado, Mimi's hometown, on July 6, 1937. They made their first home in North Haven, Connecticut, and there had their first son, Michael.
Prior to World War II, Carle served in the Connecticut National Guard. He worked for the Curtiss-Wright Corporation during the war as a technical supervisor in the New England states for the construction of P40 and C46 aircraft for the Army Air Corps.
After the war, Carle and Mimi moved to Phoenix, and eventually settled in the Los Angeles area where he established the Eastern Oven Service Company. They owned a farm in Chino before Carle went to work for the Brogdex Company as Chief Engineer. In the meantime, two more sons, Peter and Tim, joined the family. Mimi began working for Pacific State Hospital, and Carle became a design engineer with Aerojet General Corporation in Azusa. While there, he was closely involved with Unites States space program. He retired in 1970, and continued as a private consulting engineer.
Carle was a life member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, and Past President of the Riverside-San Bernardino chapter. He was honored by the Society in 1977 as the chapter Engineer of the Year for his work and dedication to the education of young engineers. He was a member of the University Club of the Claremont Colleges, the Peccary Society of the Webb School of California, the Knights of Columbus, the Italian-Catholic Federation, and Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Claremont.
Carle was a great husband and father who loved his family, his country, and his God. He had an enduring respect for the outdoors, and taught his sons how to camp and fish. He loved to ride horses, and long remembered his pack trip in the high country of the Colorado Rockies with his brother-in-law, Milo Wilson, in 1962.
His talents were limitless, and well-known to those whose lives he touched: he was an accomplished painter; he played piano well; and he loved to dance with Mimi. He built dollhouses for his granddaughters, and loved to spend time with his grandsons. Carle designed and built the family home in Ganesha Hills in Pomona. With his own hands and much hard and caring work, he laid the patios and planted the trees and gardens which make ours a wonderful home. Carle loved to travel: he and Mimi had toured Europe, Asia, the Mid-East, and South America.
Carle departed this life on April 20, 1994. His legacy lives on in
the lives of the family who loved him so much. We miss his kind nature and
generous spirit, his patience, and his sense of adventure. We will live our
lives as a tribute to him.